The tension related to the election season, and recent world events, has set an anxious and fearful tone. The Church’s voice is needed now more than ever. We believe that the love of Christ transcends our differences. We believe that we have a role to play in building bridges and setting a different tone. Thus, our “little c” church continues to respond in all kinds of creative ways. We encourage you to find a way to get involved in any, or all, of the following events.
COATS, BLANKETS AND GROCERY BAGS NEEDED
Cold winter days are approaching, and we are asking for donations of coats and blankets for our clients who visit Tabernacle’s Clothes Closet. Our inventory of men’s coats is extremely low. At present, we have no blankets—only a few throws. We also need paper grocery bags, with handles, for the purpose of food distribution. Lastly, you are always invited to join us on Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m. to serve in our Food Pantry/Clothes Closet Ministry. Let’s join together to offer warmth and sustenance to our neighbors this winter.
FOOD CO-OP DISCUSSION, DECEMBER 9
Please make plans to join Rev. Joel Ingram in hosting Rev. Nancy Yarnell, Executive Director of Food Security for America to answer questions about the co-op model at Tabernacle Baptist on Friday December 9th at 2pm in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Yarnell has been starting neighborhood co-ops across the United States for over 6 years and will be consulting with us as we explore this next step in our hunger ministry. This is an exciting opportunity to ask questions and hear stories from someone who has seen this type of ministry flourish in many different locations.
OFFERING HOSPITALITY TO NEIGHBORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, DECEMBER 10
Partner with ReEstablish Richmond to welcome Richmond refugees at the Hila Celebration Potluck. We are looking for 10-15 Tabernacle folks to provide transportation, welcome, and serve a meal on Saturday, December 10th from 6:30-8:30. The celebration will be held in the Tabernacle fellowship hall. The Hila Project is a group of refugee women who meet weekly to learn English and develop sewing skills. RSVP on the church website if you would like to volunteer, and firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
A FULL CHRISTMAS MEAL DELIVERED TO 100+ NEIGHBORS, DECEMBER 21
Dozens of family and friends will gather on Wednesday, December 21 to deliver 100+ Christmas Baskets throughout the Richmond Metropolitan area. There are two ways you, and your family, can participate:
1) Your financial contribution can help make a family’s Christmas quite special as they gather around dining room tables and enjoy a warm meal together. Please consider making a financial contribution. The cost of each basket is $50. Each basket contains a full un-cooked turkey, canned items, bread, fresh fruit, eggs, milk, etc.
2) We would love for you to join in the actual delivery of the baskets. We will get organized and begin deliveries at 10:30 a.m.
This is a great opportunity to donate your time, energy, and love as a gift to our neighbors for Christmas. Invite your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to join us! Please RSVP via the church website.
Visit “Events” at www.tbcrichmond.org for the entire Advent & Christmas schedule and for other opportunities to serve.